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Excellent choice for stability and virtualization
on May 19, 2013
This motherboard is an excellent choice for people interested in virtualization, remote management options, and a highly stable and compatible system. With the right (non-K) processor, it supports pretty much every virtualization option available out of the box. I don't use a bare metal hypervisor, but this board has wide compatibility with them.
The UEFI BIOS is simple to use and mouse-compatible. The UEFI also behaves itself with keyboards and mice hooked up through hubs, where some motherboards simply don't work correctly with mice and keyboards that aren't hooked up to a root hub.
Out-of-band VNC support over the second LAN connection also allows for the unusual flexibility of remote UEFI/BIOS management, disk recovery, OS installs, etc. Great option for completely headless installs. There's also a license for VNC Viewer Plus in the box, which costs about $100 new (don't throw out the driver CD!).
This board also has a legacy, native PCI slot that is NOT bridged from the PCI Express bus. Virtually every other vendor out there, if they still have any PCI slots (itself quite rare now on a MicroATX form factor board), are now using PCI Express bridges to provide the PCI interface. If you have a legacy PCI card you need to use, this board is one of few options you have to upgrade to a modern machine and be reasonably assured your PCI card will still work correctly.
The board has native IEEE1394 support, eSATA, USB2 and USB3 panel connections, and even a header for a legacy serial port.
The included drivers and monitoring software are actually pretty good, too. The hardware monitoring software for Windows can monitor virtually everything you can in UEFI (including setting limit values) and is not garish or ugly.
The only thing I don't like about the board is the use of a few electrolytic capacitors on the board - I would have preferred other types given the history of problems with them in the last decade, but the board is dead stable for me thus far. This is also not an overclockers board. If you just want something that works and works well, you can't go wrong.